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Peer Stories

Inspirational, informative and always insightful stories from people using their skills in 'unretirement'

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"It was scary but very encouraging and a bit of recognition of my work"

Oliver Barnes

Former lawyer and artist

"Mentoring entrepreneurs builds a breath of business experience and could be useful for board roles"

Stuart Watson

Former partner EY and non-executive director, audit committee chair at Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care System

"Self-publishing is hard but it is a dream for many people"

Douglas Adamson

Executive Chairman at Anthropods & Co Ltd, Chairman of the Trustees at Settle Stories and author of a Yorkshire trilogy

"My big break was PRiME Women. The discipline of writing an article every month"

Tricia Conover

General manager and wine writer

"I yearned for the days of being a proper lawyer doing black letter law"

Richard Bonnar

Former partner at DLA Piper and lecturer at School of Law, University of Leeds

"You need less money than you think you do"

Caroline Black

Strategic Board Adviser

“You need to learn how to keep bees and most bee associations offer courses”

Mike Rowbottom

Former mathematician turned engineer and beekeeper

“I am juggling many hats and don’t necessarily have the right skills. I would love help with legal, marketing, PR and IT skills”

Michelle Hayes

CEO, Resurrected Bites

"I remained interested in the company I worked for and the market I worked in and the people I served"

Jenny Ledgar

Founder and Managing Director at Jenny Ledgar Consulting Ltd

“The role of a mentor is to act as a sounding board. It’s hugely rewarding and I’d recommend to anyone”

Julian Horrocks

Former partner Eversheds, business angel and start-up mentor